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It’s with a heavy heart that I report John Singleton has passed away.

The Oscar-nominated director and producer suffered a massive stroke on April 17, just 12 days after his return from a trip to Costa Rica.

There are conflicting reports about him being in a coma, but on Monday morning we learned he was on life support.

The Singleton family made the “agonizing” decision to remove him from life support and John Singleton “passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones and friends.”

He was 51.

Singleton became the first black director to receive an Academy Award nomination when he was cited for his debut feature, “Boyz N the Hood.” The 1991 film about the lives of young men in South Central Los Angeles starred Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ice Cube, Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne.

His other films include 1993’s “Poetic Justice,” which starred Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, 1997’s “Rosewood,” and 2003’s “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

Singleton’s recent projects include the FX TV series “Snowfall,” a crime drama set in 1980s Los Angeles. (via CBS 46)

People have already begun to take to social media to grieve John’s passing and pay their respects.


I extend my sincerest condolences to the Singleton family and all who loved John.